Category Archives: cakes, pastries, cookies, etc.

cakes, icings, pastries, cookies, puddings…

another gluten-free experiment – you win some…

summary: tiny gluten free cookies; dates are a great addition; sometimes gluten-free experiments are successful! (click on images to see larger view)

Sure they’re small but it just means you can have two without feeling even remotely guilty.

Always on the lookout for edible gluten-free snacks (trust me, I know that some gluten-free food – especially cookies – can be horrible, rather like choking down flavoured sand), I decided to try making gluten-free cookies to take for the coffee break at work so the two celiacs in the crowd could have a snack too.

Once again, when I made the decision to do the experiment, I had to use whatever we had on hand. I was too lazy to trek out to get rice flour to try some long bookmarked Persian Cardmamom Biscuits on Jasmine’s (Confessions of a Cardamom Addict) site. (They’re still bookmarked and one of these days, I will make them!). We did have chickpea flour though. So, armed with a decent looking recipe found on the internet, I got started. Continue reading

dealing with nightmares – again

carrot cakesummary: why I almost packed in the blog entirely; comments are once again allowed; Rhyll’s carrot cake is the best; carrot cake is the best comfort food; (click on images to see larger view)

I can allow comments again!! Take that stupid spambots who have been giving me grief for almost 5 months!

snip… snip… snip… snip…

[previous post announcing that commenting was finally back]
(that used to be at but was ripped away, in spite of my pathetic blubbering]

SHRIEK!!!! Stop snipping! Stop snipping!!!

And here I thought my problems were over….

But no. When I was trying to import the blog comments into Disqus, everything exploded.

Everything had to be reinstalled and there is now a major struggle to get the database to match up. How long would it take? I had no idea. :lalala:

It’s a good thing it didn’t go on much longer. Because I haven’t got much more hair left to tear out. :-( It didn’t help that it’s horribly cold, snowy and icy outside. (It’s just wrong that we’ve had to endure this cold for 2 whole months! These extreme temperatures are why I left Edmonton….)

Unfortunately, I did NOT have the database backed up to include the last post I made so will simply try to reiterate:

I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again: Rhyll’s carrot cake IS the best carrot cake! With too much cream cheese icing. Of course, with too much icing! Continue reading

this IS the best carrot cake

summary: We make the best Carrot Cake with so much cream cheese icing, it will make you sick; Happy Birthday, T! (click on image(s) to see larger views and more photos)

T’s birthday is in early January. We’re always so full from Christmas that he always defers his cake until later. The other day, he said, “Isn’t it time for my birthday cake?”

carrot cake As always, the kind of cake was left to him. I was surprised when he didn’t choose Black Forest cake and instead decreed that it would be carrot cake. Yes!! J’adore carrot cake!

It’s easy to make. And. It. Is. Delicious.

And good for you! Think of all the vitamins!

The practice of combining cheese, fruit, and nuts dates back to ancient times. These were often served at the end of a meal because they were thought to aid in digestion.

– Food Timeline: History Notes

Hmmm, do you think the ancients meant cream cheese? And if some vegetables are added, will it be even better for the digestion?

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Two kinds of Cherry Snowballs: which one is your favourite?

summary: cherry snowballs revisited once more; our cherry snowball recipe; Happy New Year! SAVEUR magazine’s take on Mum’s cherry snowballs; Luxardo Cherries are still maraschino cherries; I love happy endings, don’t you? (click on image(s) to see larger views and more photos)

With the buildup that we were given of Luxardo cherries, we were expecting great things!

cherry snowballs I’ve mentioned in the past how much I love SAVEUR Magazine….

Last September, I noticed an announcement on the SAVEUR Facebook page that they were looking for Reader Submitted stories and recipes for their December issue. I submitted three stories, including the story about the cherry snowballs, laboriously shaving each story down to 200 words. This was no mean feat for me, what with my second name being “Verbosity”! :hohoho: :stomp: :hohoho:

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Guess what I did with those overripe bananas…

summary: recipe for Banana Cinnamon Chocolate Swirls Bread; off-topic anti-tofu rant; measuring and guesswork; chia seeds and pepitas; hand-kneading slack dough in the bowl; submission for YeastSpotting and Bake Your Own Bread; (click on image(s) to see larger views and more photos)

There will be no guesswork in our kitchen…

banana cinnamon bread There were four bananas lying in a brown spotted fragrant (no, no, let’s cut to the chase; they stank!) heap when I left for work on Saturday afternoon. That night, I was riding the subway home with one of my colleagues and wondered out loud what I should do with those bananas. Continue reading

Are We Nuts?? Why Yes! We’re Making Coffee Cake (BBB August 2013)

BBB: Let's Get Baking summary: recipe for Yeasted Nut Roll Coffee Cake, a no-knead yeasted dough mixed the night before, assembled the next day and baked in a tube pan; a Bread Baking Babes project; submission for YeastSpotting and BYOB; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) August 2013

Yeasted Coffee Cake

There is no bread? Let them eat cake.

Hey!! Wait a minute!! I thought we were Bread Baking Babes!

This month, Jamie (Life’s a Feast) chose this month’s BBBabes’ project. It looks an awful lot like cake but it is yeasted. And it is really really really really delicious.

Here I am, only 9 days late with my post. But. Better late than never. Especially in this case!

I’m wondering if this month’s BBB bread is what Marie Antoinette had in mind when she said to let them eat cake… (I know!! It wasn’t Marie Antoinette who said this! But some misguided ninny probably did).

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